84 year old Louise Hale of Smithville died Wednesday at her residence. She was affiliated with the Apostolic Ark Church in Murfreesboro. Hale was also a shirt factory worker and a homemaker. The funeral will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. Hale was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ida Arnold Mearse; her husband, Garland Hale; daughters, Brenda Hale and Reba Cantrell; and a granddaughter, Traci Danielle Hale. Survivors include four children, Joyce Mathis, Wanda Byford and Gail and husband Wayne Young all of Smithville; Danny and wife Susie Hale of McMinnville. Twelve grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren; two sons-in-law, Larry Hale and Jimmy Cantrell both of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
81 year old James Ed Young of Smithville died Tuesday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. He was a member of the New Life United Pentecostal Church, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Pine Creek Saddle Club, and a nurseryman. The funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Michael Hale and Elder Ricky Arnold will officiate and burial will be in the New Bildad Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Waymon Edward and Julie Ann Young and brothers, Felix, Winfred, and Charlie Young. Survivors include his wife, Mary Young of Smithville. Children, Roger Young of Murfreesboro, Deb and husband D.Y. Young of Smithville, Brenda Adcock of Woodbury, and Dennis and wife Christie Young of Smithville. Step-children, Scotty Adams and Lee Adams both of Smithville, Penny and husband Terry Arnold of Chattanooga. Grandchildren, Bridgett Mullins, Sommer Deebanks, Amanda Vaughn, Ryan Young, Tiffany Young, Riley Young, and Hunter Collins. Step-grandchildren, Wesley and Tia Young, Jessica, Jordan, and Zac Adams, John Curtis, Jarrett and Jessie Adams, and Terry Arnold. Sisters, Ethel Arnold, Mary Belle Robinson, Edith Evans, Lillie Mae Lawson all of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
87 year old Edward Douglas Hildreth, Sr. of Clarksville, died Sunday at Gateway Medical Center.
Hildreth was born in Wilson County to Charles Edward and Eva Robinson Hildreth who preceded him in death. His wife, Marie Neal Hubbard, also deceased.
Hildreth was an electrical engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee. He was a registered professional engineer in Alabama and Tennessee. During World War II he served as an Infantry Officer in the Pacific theater and in the Korean War he served with the 187th RCT Airborne (Rakkasans) as a communications officer. After his military service he worked as an engineer with Miller Electric Company on the construction of the Savannah River Project in Akin, South Carolina and with Patchen and Zimmerman consulting engineers, Augusta, Georgia on various projects throughout the Southeast. He was the first manager of the DeKalb Telephone Cooperative Inc. and made numerous acquisitions of small telephone companies building a communication system from 508 telephone users to over 22,000 plus today with modern equipment and services. He was President of the Tennessee Telephone Association in 1960. In 1960 he moved to Huntsville, Alabama and joined NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center as Director of Communications supporting various NASA awards including two NASA Exceptional Service Medals. He also received the Middle Tennessee Boy Scouts of America Long Rifle Award and was a Charter President of the Alexandria Lions Club. He was a member of the Alexandria Masonic Lodge, Nashville Scottish Rite, Huntsville, Alabama Cahaba Shrine, VFW and American Legion. He attended Park Lane Church of the Nazarene.
A celebration of life service will be held at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapelin Clarksville. Larry Spraker and Maury Norman will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 8:00 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens, Huntsville, Alabama. Survivors include a son E. Douglas Hildreth, Jr. and his wife Vicki; a sister Evelyn Griffin; three grandchildren, Josh Hildreth of Washington, D.C.; Kelly Stevenson of Denver, Colorado; and Katie Hildreth of Clarksville, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home in Clarksville is in charge of arrangements.
84 year old Mary Pauline Malone of Dowelltown died Sunday at DeKalb Community Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of the House of Prayer. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Tommy Taylor and Shane Smith will officiate and burial will be in Hillview Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Clyde Malone; parents, Toy Foster and Alma Carter Foster Ervin; brother, Thurman Foster; and step-father, Tom Ervin. Survivors include two sons, Carl and wife Brenda Malone of Dowelltown and Gerald and wife Rita Malone of Liberty. Grandchildren, Charlotte Malone of Smithville, Cynthia and husband Ceylon Taylor, Jr. of Dowelltown, Susan and husband Danny Van Dyne of Liberty, and Dale and wife Tina Pack of Smithville. Great grandchildren, Brian and Bradley Pack of Dowelltown, Hannah and Danny Van Dyne, Jr. of Liberty, Kirstyn and Cody Pack of Smithville. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Boyd and Joyce Ervin of Sebastian, Florida and Benton and Margie Ervin of Pegram, Tennessee. A sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Jimmy Byford of Smithville. A brother-in-law, Ray and wife Reba Malone of Dowelltown. Sister-in-law, Lou Autry Malone of Dowelltown. Special friend, Aline Snyder of Dowelltown. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
96 year old Daisy Myrtle Pedigo of Smithville died Saturday at River Park Hospital in McMinnville. She was of the Baptist faith and she worked at the shirt factory. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until the service at 2:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Doak Pedigo; parents, William Riley and Allie Elmer Maxwell Gambrell; sisters, Mable Pedigo, Calra Alice Trapp, and Velma Leona Hutchings Parrish; brothers, Ruben Solon, Loyd Ray, Roy Lee, William David, Fred Winston, James Clifford, and Verbal Gambrell. Survivors include a brother, Floyd "Joe" Gambrell of McMinnville. A sister-in-law, Janelle Gambrell. Many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews and many special friends and neighbors also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
76 year old Norman Henson Caldwell of Smithville died Friday at the Alvin C. York Veterans Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was a retired Army veteran, a member of the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, and the VFW and American Legion. The funeral will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Glen Burks will officiate and burial will be in Whorton Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 10:00 a.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Lena Ferrell Caldwell; his wife, Sylvia Caldwell; two sisters, Lois Moon and Nannie Mae Hale; and two brothers, Wade and J.W. Caldwell. Survivors include a son, Ricky Caldwell; two daughters, Connie and husband Greg Rigsby and Maria and husband Ricky Parsley. Four grandchildren, Melissa and Kevin Luttrell, Lawanna and Jamie Holloway, and Candise and Trevor Rigsby. Three great grandchildren, Makenna Luttrell, Madelynne Bogle, and Samuel Holloway all of Woodbury. Two sisters, Dorothy Miller and Flonnie Vanatta. Three brothers, Bruce, Zeb, and Raymon Caldwell all of Smithville. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
82 year old Loyd Lee Hale of Smithville died Thursday at DeKalb Community Hospital. He was a member of the Smithville First Freewill Baptist Church, a shirt factory worker, and a farmer. The funeral will be Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bernard Houk and Dathan Hale will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 3:00 p.m. Hale was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Dexie Hale; a brother, James Hale; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Fannie Graham; a sister-in-law, Hazel Hale; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Graham. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Josephine Hale of Smithville. Two sons. Rickey and wife Diane Hale and Mark and wife Patty Hale all of Smithville. Three grandchildren, Christopher, Justin, and Alicia Hale. One great grandchild, Addison. A brother, Hoyte and wife Helen Hale of Smithville. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Carlon and wife Melba Graham, Phillip and wife Ann Hawkins all of Smithville, and Billie and wife Helen Graham of Akron, Ohio. Special friend, Patrick Allen of Smithville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
85 year old Abraham Poteet "A.P." McClain of Cookeville died Sunday at the Masters Health Care Center in Algood. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Cookeville City Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. He is survived locally by a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Steve London; Grandson, Jeff and wife Dana London; and Great grandchildren, Caleb and Courtney London all of Smithville. Other survivors include daughters Linda Thompson, Pat Lee, and Cathy McClain; Two sons, Wayne and John McClain; and three sisters, Ethel Mahler, Clara Clemons, and Gertrude Wood. Hooper Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, Cookeville Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
47 year old Steven Frazier Knowles of Murfreesboro died Saturday. He was owner and operator of Knowles Nursery. The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro. Knowles was a 1981 graduate of DeKalb County High School where he played football. While playing football, he was selected 1st team all-state and he was named Most Valuable Player locally. Knowles also played football at MTSU from 1981-83. He was a brother of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After graduating college, he worked in the family business, Knowles and Sons Nursery until it was sold and he started his own business, Knowles Nursery. He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Frazier Knowles. Survivors include his wife, Laurie Knowles of Murfreesboro. A son, Steven Frazier Knowles, Jr. of Murfreesboro. His father, Roy Lewis Knowles of Cookeville. Brothers, Jim "Bear" Knowles, Kenneth and his wife Tammy Knowles, and Larry and his wife Melissa Knowles all of Smithville. A sister, Linda Sue Knowles of Smithville. Nieces, Hillary Knowles of Gallatin, Martha Ashley Knowles of Nashville, and Maggie Knowles, and Kerigan Sanders both of Smithville. Nephews, Dustin Knowles of Murfreesboro, and Josh Love and Parker Knowles both of Smithville.Woodfin Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
82 year old Maudie Virginia Thomason of Smithville died Friday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a member of the Emmanuel Bread of Life Church and a factory worker. The funeral will be Monday at 1:00 p.m. at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. B.J. Thomason will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Susie Vanatta Chapman; children, David Dale and Wanda Gail Thomason; and brothers, William Chapman and Jessie Chapman. Survivors include a daughter, Patsy and husband Jessie Drury of Smithville. Two sons, Doyle Thomason and Bobby and wife Ruby Thomason both of Smithville. Four grandchildren, Michael Caldwell, Devin Drury, B.J. Thomason, and Clint Thomason. Six great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, and three brothers, Toy B. Chapman of Liberty, Cordell Chapman and Buster Chapman both of Smithville. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.